England vs France LIVE: World Cup 2022 latest team news as Raheem Sterling returns to training

England are continuing to build up to their huge World Cup quarter-final with France in Qatar, with Gareth Southgate’s team training on Friday amid a number of big selection calls.

England have been boosted by the return of Declan Rice to training following illness, while Raheem Sterling is rejoining the squad ahead of Saturday’s quarter-final against the defending champions France.

Southgate, however, has admitted Sterling’s absence is “not good preparation” after the forward missed key training sessions this week. When asked by ITV about Sterling’s availability, Southgate said: “We will have to assess that. He has missed a lot of training and had two long flights.”

Southgate will speak to the media today and will be certain to be asked about how he is preparing his team to face France’s star forward Kylian Mbappe, who has scored five goals at the World Cup so far.

England’s build-up to the France quarter-final comes amid speculation over Ben White’s exit from the World Cup camp. Arsenal defender White left the England squad midway through the tournament, with the FA citing “personal reasons”, but the Daily Star are now reporting that it followed a row with assistant manager Steve Holland.

Follow all the latest World Cup news ahead of England vs France with our live blog, below:

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

  • England face France in World Cup quarter-final at 7pm GMT on Saturday 10 December

  • Gareth Southgate to ‘assess’ Raheem Sterling’s availability for France quarter-final

  • Sterling, Declan Rice and Callum Wilson involved as all 25 players train ahead of France

  • ‘Unhappy’ Ben White left England World Cup camp after ‘bust-up’ with Steve Holland

  • Miguel Delaney: Why Kylian Mbappe and France are better off without Karim Benzema

  • Mark Critchley: So, how do England stop Kylian Mbappe?

  • In today’s quarter-finals Brazil face Croatia before Argentina take on the Netherlands

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

14:31 , Jamie Braidwood

Kyle Walker insists England will not be rolling out the red carpet for France’s great entertainers in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final clash.

Most of the talk since the tie was confirmed has surrounded Kylian Mbappe and how England can stop a man who leads the golden boot race with his five goals in Qatar.

The World Cup holders also boast the likes of Olivier Giroud – who has overtaken Thierry Henry to become Les Bleus’ all-time leading goalscorer – and Antoine Griezmann.

But Walker is not prepared for England to become theatre-goers as he backed Gareth Southgate’s men to show what they can do.

‘I understand what I need to do’: Kyle Walker on World Cup battle with Kylian Mbappe

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

14:16 , Jamie Braidwood

Portugal coach Fernando Santos revealed he had a “frank conversation” with Cristiano Ronaldo to explain why he was dropping him, but insisted the veteran forward did not threaten to leave the World Cup.

Reports in Portugal claim Ronaldo was ready to walk out on his country after learning he would be on the bench for the last-16 clash with Switzerland.

The 37-year-old came on in the closing stages as Portugal booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 6-1 win.

Santos revealed he told Ronaldo he would not be starting on the day of the game, and admitted international football’s record goalscorer took some convincing.

Ronaldo ‘not happy’ after Portugal omission but ‘time to leave it alone’, says Santos

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

14:01 , Jamie Braidwood

There have been 26 cases of reported abuse impacting migrant workers in Qatar since the World Cup began, according to the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre [BHRRC].

The body, which tracks publicly reported allegations of labour abuse committed by businesses, says these figures are “just the tip of the iceberg” given the restrictions workers face when making reports.

Of the reported cases, they include: 15 where workers’ conditions of employment were violated; nine where workers reported restrictions on fundamental freedoms - including of expression, movement and association; 16 where health and safety violations were cited; six where workers cited inhumane or precarious living conditions and two where workers reportedly experienced verbal of physical abuse.

Cases of migrant worker abuse in Qatar continue to be reported during World Cup

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

13:46 , Jamie Braidwood

England forward Raheem Sterling returned to training on the eve of the World Cup quarter-final against France fresh from rejoining the squad in Qatar.

The 28-year-old did not feature in last weekend’s last-16 win against Senegal due to concerns over his family’s wellbeing following an incident at his home in Surrey.

Sterling head backed to the UK to deal with the matter but linked back up with England in Qatar on Friday as preparations gear up for the World Cup clash against France.

The forward was part of the 25-man group training at Al Wakrah Sports Complex on Friday afternoon.

Sterling was joined in the session by midfielder Declan Rice and centre-back John Stones after some questions over their availability.

Striker Callum Wilson was also involved in the session having dealt with a muscle strain this week.

Raheem Sterling returns to England training on eve of France quarter-final

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

13:31 , Jamie Braidwood

Didier Deschamps and Gareth Southgate share systems, styles and selection process - but not yet success

It is a modern-day Entente Cordiale. Gareth Southgate and Didier Deschamps comprise a mutual admiration society. The England manager has been studying France’s successful 2018 World Cup campaign. His French counterpart approves of the way Southgate has overseen an improvement in England’s fortunes.

“I very much like Gareth,” he said. “We have met on a number of occasions and have talked about a number of things. He had a long and distinguished career and he is also a very good coach. He has enabled England to get some very good results over the years.”

Indeed, Deschamps believes he holds Southgate in higher esteem than many of the English. A soundtrack to the last World Cup was “Southgate, you’re the one.” By the time England lost 4-0 to Hungary in June, the message from the stands was different. “You don’t know what you’re doing,” was the verdict of many supporters.

If this World Cup with a series of successful calls - from backing Harry Maguire throughout to choosing Marcus Rashford against Wales to selecting Jordan Henderson against Senegal to preferring Phil Foden to Rashford on the left in the last 16 - has suggested Southgate actually has a sure touch, he also has a supporter in a World Cup winner. “If I am understood correctly, not everyone appreciates him so much in his own country,” Deschamps said.

By Richard Jolly

Deschamps and Southgate share many similarities - but not yet success

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

13:15 , Jamie Braidwood

Kieran Trippier on Antoine Griezmann: “You see his talent throughout his career and when you play with him you see his individual talent.

“He picks up spaces. He scores goals as well. He is one of those when even in training he is clever where he picks up space.

“He just drifts and is certainly a player to keep an eye on. He has the individual quality to find a pass, score a goal and arrive in the box.

“Griezy is a fantastic player, and one we have to be aware of.”

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World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

13:01 , Jamie Braidwood

Most of the talk in the build-up to England’s World Cup quarter-final has surrounded Kylian Mbappe, the forward who has already scored five goals in Qatar to lead the race for the Golden Boot.

England’s players have been keen to stress that France have other players who need to be kept quiet, but boss Didier Deschamps conceded Mbappe could be the man who makes the difference after scoring a brace in their 3-1 win over Poland in the last round.

“I’m sure England will have prepared to face Kylian, as our previous opponents did,” Deschamps said. “But he is in a position to make the difference. Even in the last match when he didn’t have his best match, he didn’t show his top form compared to previous games, he was still decisive.

“We have other players that can be dangerous as well and that helps us not to be over-dependent on Kylian. But Kylian is Kylian, and he always will be. He has that capacity to make the difference at any moment in the match.”

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

12:45 , Jamie Braidwood

France coach Didier Deschamps believes Gareth Southgate is underappreciated in England as he hailed his counterpart ahead of their World Cup quarter-final clash.

“I very much like Gareth,” Deschamps said on the eve of the game at Al Bayt Stadium. “We have met on a number of occasions and have talked about a number of things.

“Not everyone appreciates him so much in his own country, that isn’t because he wasn’t a good footballer himself - he had a long and distinguished career and he is also a very good coach.

“He has enabled England to get some very good results over the years and I very much like him.”

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

12:30 , Jamie Braidwood

England manager Gareth Southgate wants his team to be bold and attack France in Saturday’s huge World Cup quarter-final clash, and hopes the occasion will “bring millions together”.

Southgate led England to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 and the final of Euro 2020 last summer and hopes the experience of “high pressure nights” will help his team as they take on the defending champions France in their biggest test of the tournament so far.

England are facing Les Bleus in the knockout stages of a major tournament for the first time and must figure out how to stop France’s star forward Kylian Mbappe, who is the top scorer at the World Cup in Qatar with five goals.

France will also carry threat from attackers Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Demeble but Southgate wants England to focus on their own strengths and deliver a performance for the nation to be “proud of”.

Gareth Southgate hopes England’s clash against France ‘brings millions together’

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

12:13 , Jamie Braidwood

All 25 players in England’s squad are in tranining ahead of the quarter-final against France tomorrow, including Raheem Sterling, Declan Rice and Callum Wilson.

Sterling is training for the first time since returning to Qatar but Gareth Southgate has casted some doubt on his availability for tomorrow’s quarter-final.

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12:01 , Jamie Braidwood

Jude Bellingham “pushed the boundaries” as a precocious teenager, according to his former coach at Birmingham Marcos Painter.

“He had such a fearlessness as a 13-year-old and his confidence and self-belief was like no other,” Painter told the PA news agency. “You’d see him demanding the ball off big characters in the group of under-16 players.

“You wouldn’t normally see that from a young lad, they’d be quite timid and reserved but Jude was so demanding. It wouldn’t matter what age group he was with, he would still be that demanding youngster that we see now.

“There were certainly times in the under-16s where he pushed the boundaries. At times it was how he would speak to fellow teammates, it could push the boundaries in the sense of it’s a little bit on edge so it’s: ‘Oh, back off a bit’.

“It was nothing personal and he never fell out with anyone. It was always a case of he was just so desperate to win and be the best. It would be borderline at times but there was no malice in it.

“It’s a development process and every youngster will have their moments of difficulty and the moments where they thrive but there was always unbelievable talent and character there.”

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World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

12:00 , Jamie Braidwood

England XI vs France: Our writers pick starting line-up for World Cup quarter-final

Never before have England and France met in the knockout stages of a men’s major tournament, but that will change on Saturday when the nations clash in the quarter-finals of the Qatar World Cup.

England were the best performing team in the group stage and continued to impress by netting three and keeping a clean sheet against Senegal in the last 16. France, however, are defending champions, one of the tournament favourites, and possess arguably the best player in the world right now.

Kylian Mbappe, who was crucial to France’s 2018 triumph in Russia, has already scored five times in Qatar, including twice in Les Bleus’ 3-1 victory over Poland in the round of 16.

Stopping the 23-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward will be key to England’s hopes of setting up a semi-final with Morocco or Portugal, but what is Gareth Southgate’s best approach – a back four or back five? Kieran Trippier or Kyle Walker at right back? Should Trent Alexander Arnold factor in somehow?

Here is how our writers would have England line up against France at the Al-Bayt Stadium on Saturday:

Back four or back five? Our writers pick England starting XI vs France

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

11:45 , Jamie Braidwood

Key stats as England prepare for France in World Cup quarter-finals

England have enjoyed back-to-back three-goal wins at the World Cup 2022 but their defensive strength will be key if they are to win their quarter-final against France.

The only goals England have conceded in the tournament came in their opening group game against Iran, while leading 4-0 and 6-1 with the latter being a disputed late penalty.

They will face by far their toughest test to date against the reigning champions at Al Bayt Stadium, though, and here we look at what the statistics show us.

Key stats as England prepare for France in World Cup quarter-finals

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

11:30 , Jamie Braidwood

Make sure you have this saved ahead of Saturday night...

When is England vs France?

The match is scheduled to kick off at 7pm GMT (10pm local time) on Saturday 10 December.

The fixture is set to take place at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.

How can I watch it?

England vs France will air live on ITV 1 in the UK, and it will stream live on the broadcaster’s ITVX website and app.

England vs France live stream: How to watch World Cup quarter-final online and on TV

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

11:15 , Jamie Braidwood

So, how do England stop Kylian Mbappe?

You would be forgiven for thinking that England only have to come up against one player on Saturday. And yet even if that were the case, we would still be talking about quite the player. Kylian Mbappé has almost been the sole focus of the build-up to this World Cup quarter-final against France, as this tournament’s top scorer puts forward a compelling case to be the best in the world.

There is every chance that somebody else makes the difference at the Al Bayt. As several England squad members have been at pains to point out this week, the reigning world champions are hardly a one-man team. There is also the enduring quality of Antoine Griezmann, a rejuvenated Ousmane Dembele, not to mention France’s record goalscorer Olivier Giroud. Who knows, maybe even an England player could be the matchwinner.

But sometimes, the most important individual battle is also the most obvious one, writes Mark Critchley

So, how do England stop Kylian Mbappe?

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

11:00 , Jamie Braidwood

Gareth Southgate has admitted Raheem Sterling’s absence from the England squad is “not good preparation” ahead of Saturday’s crunch World Cup quarter-final with France but says he still supports the forward’s decision to return to the UK following a break-in at his home.

Sterling is back at England’s World Cup camp in Qatar and is set to return to training on Friday but Southgate has condeded the 28-year-old may not feature against the defending champions France after missing key training sessions this week.

When asked by ITV about Sterling’s availability for Saturday’s quarter-final, Southgate said: “We will have to assess that. He has missed a lot of training and had two long flights.

“That is not good preparation for a game of this standard but let’s see how he is.”

England to ‘assess’ Raheem Sterling’s availability for France quarter-final

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

10:45 , Jamie Braidwood

Croatia prepared to go the distance again to disrupt Brazil’s World Cup rhythm

There is an argument that says Brazil against Croatia is the most imbalanced of the four quarter-finals, that says a World Cup giant should swat aside a small nation punching above its weight without fuss. It could be tempting to jump ahead at this point, to trace the lines and feel a jolt of anticipation at the possibility of Brazil colliding with Argentina in the semi-finals, should all go to form.

But the beauty of a World Cup is that each stage is its own distinct challenge, and for all Brazil’s momentum, Croatia are their first serious test. That is not to disparage those who’ve come before: Serbia and Switzerland made decent fists of their group-stage defeats, Cameroon beat a much-changed XI, before Brazil blitzed South Korea in the last-16. But now there are eight nations left, and Tite’s favourites finally face a battle-hardened team who know exactly what it takes to grind through the knockout rounds.

By Lawrence Ostlere

Croatia prepared to go the distance again to disrupt Brazil’s World Cup rhythm

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

10:30 , Jamie Braidwood

Kieran Trippier has echoed team-mate Harry Maguire’s belief that there is a shift in the mentality and expectation of the England squad since they reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia four years ago.

“If you go back to Russia, it was my first tournament and a lot of the players’ first tournaments as well,” he said. “Four years later, you can see the experienced individuals we have got. They’ve played in big finals or they’ve played abroad. You can see in the young players now a big shift.

“We got to a semi-final, the Nations League (semi-final) and then the final of the Euros. Of course we shouldn’t be ashamed to say we want to win the World Cup. But we need to take it one game at a time, respect our opposition - that’s a given - and we know we’ve got a tough task ahead of us. But we’ll be ready.”

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

10:15 , Jamie Braidwood

If Louis van Gaal is going to win the World Cup, he is going to do it his way

Louis van Gaal had already kissed Denzel Dumfries this week before he turned his attentions to a bemused, amused Memphis Depay. “He doesn’t want a kiss on the mouth, which is a shame, but also nice,” the Netherlands manager said. It was not a case of LVG raising the rights of the LGBTQ+ community in Qatar as much as an example of Van Gaal’s penchant for the unpredictable and capacity to steal the scene.

If Lionel Messi gets his wish, Argentina against the Netherlands might yet be the last game of an epic coaching career that started the year Diego Maradona won the World Cup – or maybe not, given the possibility he will come out of retirement again – and, if it is a farewell tour, Van Gaal’s eccentricities feel ever more pronounced.

By Richard Jolly

If Louis van Gaal is going to win the World Cup, he is going to do it his way

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

10:00 , Jamie Braidwood

In the build up to Saturday’s huge game, the England squad let themselves be entertained by Robbie Williams at their Al Wakrah Beach hotel.

The former Take That singer performed in Doha on Thursday evening but 24 hours earlier had been serenading the World Cup hopefuls - although Phillips was keeping quiet on which of the players decided to join Williams in action.

“Robbie was here with us last night (Wednesday),” said Kalvin Phillips.

“He was just by the pool and sang us a few songs. It was a really good night. We had the chance to chat to him. He’s an unbelievably talented person but also a really nice person. “He got along with everyone. It was a pleasure to have him. Knowing how big he is in the world and how well he is doing, it’s an honour to have met him and spoken to him.

“There were a couple of duets but I’m not going to name names. They were very good duets to be fair. It was a good night in general. We said farewell to Tony (Conniford, FA head of security) , who is leaving us after nine years. That was quite emotional as well.”

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09:45 , Jamie Braidwood

Why Kylian Mbappe and France are better off without Karim Benzema

As England’s staff currently attempt to work out how to stop Kylian Mbappe, there is a very relevant question that's confounded some around the French squad.

How do you lose the reigning Ballon d’Or winner and become better? How has that made the actual best player in the world become better?

This has been the consequence of Karim Benzema’s tragically unfortunate - but potentially serendipitous - injury. France look much more coherent and combative than at Euro 2020. Mbappe looks like he is now fully forging his own era, something made all the more conspicuous by the fact it is happening in Qatar and he plays for Qatar’s other major sportswashing project at Paris Saint-Germain.

It’s now down to England to stop it, writes Miguel Delaney.

Why Kylian Mbappe and France are better off without Karim Benzema

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

09:30 , Jamie Braidwood

Kalvin Phillips believes England facing the reigning world champions France is a "massive game" and is ready to play his part - even if he does not end up featuring.

"Every player in this situation is going to want to be on the pitch and play," he said."If you're not, you just do your best to support the boys and when you are involved, hopefully you can play well. I'm just looking forwards to the atmosphere and occasion, as well.

"I'm not playing as much, which can be frustrating but when you look at the players that are playing in front of me and how well they are playing, I can't really argue."

Phillips revealed that in a meeting before the finals, England had held a half-hour long meeting where they discussed the approach of France, as well as other international teams and club sides who have won trophies recently.

"It was a 25-30 minute meeting that we went through about our identity, how we wanted to play and how we wanted to progress in the tournament," he said. "We have hit those marks and we are doing really well at the moment. Hopefully we can keep it going.”

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World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

09:15 , Jamie Braidwood

After 17 days of non-stop football, the World Cup paused ahead of the quarter-finals in Qatar. Amid controversy and continued human rights concerns surrounding the host country off the pitch, it’s been an exhilarating ride so far on it, with shocks galore and a number of thrilling matches to light up the tournament.

Here are some of the best moments of the World Cup so far, as nominated by The Independent’s writers.

World Cup: The best moments so far

09:00 , Jamie Braidwood

Kalvin Phillips admits it is "frustrating" to have had a bit-part role in England's quest for World Cup glory having been so pivotal to the team in their run to the Euro 2020 final.

"I'm still enjoying it and having loads of fun," he said. "I've just got to keep working hard and make sure I get fitter and fitter throughout the weeks I've been training, and when I come on try and make that impact or try and be as solid as I possibly can to help the team.

"But, in regards to playing in the Euros, it's a little bit frustrating knowing that I've not played as many minutes but I just remind myself I've come very far to be in this position after the operation and I'm still trying to build up my fitness even now and, obviously, when given a chance I can build on that as well.

"The lads have been great with me - you do get frustrated but you have got to look at the bigger picture, and the bigger picture is how the team progresses and how you can play that little role in the team every single day and I'm prepared to do that."

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08:45 , Jamie Braidwood

England have reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar as hope builds that Gareth Southgate’s side can go further than they did in Russia four years ago.

Key to that will be Saturday’s crunch clash with defending champions France in the last eight, with Kylian Mbappe set to provide England their biggest test of the World Cup so far after his five goals in four games.

Amid a chaotic group stage in Qatar, England’s progress to a last-16 meeting with Senegal was relatively straightforward. Despite being booed off following a 0-0 draw with the USA, England topped Group B thanks to convincing victories over Iran and Wales. From there, England overcame an uncertain start to sweep Senegal aside and book their place in the quarter-finals.

England have so far used 20 players during their World Cup campaign and throughout the tournament, The Independent has been recording their performances in our player ratings. Players are given a score between 0 and 10 based on their display within the match. As a guide, players begin the match as a 5 and are then scored up or down accordingly. While this process is of course subjective, it means a 6 should be viewed as a good score!

Ahead of the quarter-finals, we have collated the ratings England’s players have received through their first four games. So, who’s standing out and who’s struggling to make the grade? Here’s how England’s players have rated at the World Cup so far:

How have England’s players rated at the World Cup so far?

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

08:30 , Jamie Braidwood

England have to find a way to halt France star Kylian Mbappe but Kieran Trippier has underlined the importance of also foiling former neighbour and team-mate Antoine Griezmann.

The reigning World Cup champions provide a tough obstacle for Gareth Southgate’s men to overcome at Al Bayt Stadium in Saturday evening’s quarter-final.

Given it is an even-looking clash that could be decided on a moment of magic, much of the pre-match talk has surrounded the importance of shackling Golden Boot leader Mbappe in Al Khor.

But France’s squad is awash with talent and Trippier has highlighted the threat of his former Atletico Madrid team-mate Griezmann, who has played 71 consecutive games for the national team.

Kieran Trippier warns England of threat posed by ‘fantastic’ Antoine Griezmann

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

08:15 , Jamie Braidwood

‘I always knew I’d find form’: Harry Maguire repays Gareth Southgate’s faith with exemplary World Cup displays

After losing his place at Manchester United, Harry Maguire has rediscovered confidence and focus in the heart of England’s defence.

Maguire also says there is belief that the Three Lions can now go further than 2018 in Qatar, writes Mark Critchley.

Harry Maguire repays Gareth Southgate’s faith with exemplary World Cup displays

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

08:01 , Jamie Braidwood

England have been boosted by the return of Declan Rice to training ahead of the World Cup quarter-final against France.

The West Ham captain is a major part of Gareth Southgate’s side, playing a key role in last year’s run to the European Championship final and starting all four matches so far in Qatar.

Rice is among the first names on the team sheet so the midfielder’s absence from training on Wednesday at England’s Al Wakrah training base caused alarm.

The 23-year-old felt unwell but fellow midfielder Kalvin Phillips confirmed he returned in Thursday’s session, which was held behind closed doors.

“I believe Dec is fit, he’s back in training and he’s fine,” the Manchester City man said.

“If something goes wrong then I’ll be there and I’ll do my best to be fit for 90 minutes. I want to play as many minutes as possible. Regardless of whether Dec is playing or I am, we’ll do our best.”

Declan Rice is back in training (Nick Potts/PA) (PA Wire)
Declan Rice is back in training (Nick Potts/PA) (PA Wire)

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07:55 , Jamie Braidwood

Arsenal star Ben White left England’s World Cup squad following a “bust-up” with assistant manager Steve Holland and after struggling to mix with his team-mates.

That’s according to a report in the Daily Star this morning, who claim that the 25-year-old was involved in an argument with Holland over England’s preparations for the USA game.

White, who returned home to London following England’s win over Wales, reportedly did not impress Holland with his lack of knowledge of England’s opponents.

The defender left England’s squad following the group stage with the FA citing “personal reasons”. The FA refused to comment on the report.

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07:48 , Jamie Braidwood

Kyle Walker insists England will not be rolling out the red carpet for France’s great entertainers in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final clash.

Most of the talk since the tie was confirmed has surrounded Kylian Mbappe and how England can stop a man who leads the golden boot race with his five goals in Qatar.

The World Cup holders also boast the likes of Olivier Giroud – who has overtaken Thierry Henry to become Les Bleus’ all-time leading goalscorer – and Antoine Griezmann.

But Walker is not prepared for England to become theatre-goers as he backed Gareth Southgate’s men to show what they can do.

‘I understand what I need to do’: Kyle Walker on World Cup battle with Kylian Mbappe

World Cup 2022: England vs France latest news and build-up

07:43 , Jamie Braidwood

Raheem Sterling will return to the England squad ahead of their World Cup quarter-final with France following the burglary of his family home in Surrey.

The 27-year-old forward did not feature in Sunday’s last-16 win against Senegal due to concern over his family’s wellbeing after the break-in that left his fiancee Paige Milian and their three children badly shaken.

Sterling returned to the UK but is now willing to travel back to Qatar, with additional security measures being worked through to assure his family’s safety.

Raheem Sterling to return to England’s World Cup squad after burglary